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Lovely piece on Ed Ruscha implementing a Street View-style project way before Google was even a glimmer in Larry and Sergey's eyes (probably before they were born, in fact.) By Rob Walker for Design Observer.
“ Car as medium … rotating motorized camera … a series of contiguous horizontal images of buildings and the street on which they are situated … Did Ed Ruscha invent Google Street View? ” Love Ruscha.....
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Thoughts on the Airbnb brouhaha
“Why was the company surprised that something terrible might happen when people rented their homes to strangers? Shouldn’t it have been preparing for this disaster since the day it launched?”
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Well put. It's genuinely astonishing that insurance wasn't part of the deal at the outset. Who the hell would sign up otherwise?

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Love the term "cargo cult," that is to copy something without truly understanding what it is you're copying... and ending up with something hollow and superficial as a result. Good term to think about in the context of innovation.
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yes... point being that it "can't" be identical. systems, structures, etc could be designed to be the same, but it's people wot really matter. management styles, attitudes, motivation, inspiration, etc are huge hidden factors of innovation. they might not form a line on the balance sheet, but they're critical all the same. that's not to say that copycats can't be successful, of course. in fact, there are surely many companies that take someone else's idea and then execute it much more effectively. but having a deep understanding of purpose and meaning (the "why we do what we do") is key.

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IBM attempts to bridge the divide between R and D with a new Services Innovation Lab.
“Research people invent a lot of things, but they don’t always invent things that can scale and be adopted widely. If you put them together with people who live the problems, they have a much...”
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Extract from Clay Christensen's new book: The Innovator's DNA, defining the qualities necessary in someone looking to innovate
The Five Qualities of the Consummate Innovator Disruptive innovation theorist Clay Christensen is back with a new book. This one, The Innovator’s DNA, attempts to get to grips with the question of who...
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need time to read that book...
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interesting thoughts on the impact of big data. the winners are not the companies you might think...
“Small, agile startups disrupt entire industries because they look at traditional problems with a new perspective. They’re fearless, because they have less to lose. But big, entrenched incumbents...”
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Fascinating chart shows Wall street shenanigans and 'innovation' continue, even as the world burns.
This fascinating chart is not, as Financial Times reporter Izabella Kaminska puts it in her blog item HFT is Killing the Emini, says Nanex, the design of a new Missoni scarf, but in fact shows: “ the....
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A rant, a veritable rant. But really. We're still talking about connected fridges? Gah.
The Missing Human Heart of Innovation Blame this sentence for the vitriol you are about to read: “ Someday soon, consumers may be able to open an app on their smartphones, click a button, and receive....
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Your "why??" has a serious question in it. "Because we can" is disingenuous: someone thought there was a benefit to the innovation, enough to fund its development. Who, and what benefit? Not necessarily the consumer, of course. Luxury cars that come with sattelite radios benefit the sattelite radio companies, I suspect. I wonder if the "got milk?" folks are perpetuating the dream of the smart fridge?

By the way, my smart phone probably has enough information, between my shopping list and my calorie counter, to tell me what's gone off in my fridge, without any intervention by the fridge itself. I'm glad it's not nagging me to cook the beets and the kale, but maybe the organic produce farmers' association should work on an app for that.

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"Screaming at board members is not a good business plan."
— Inside Pfizer’s Palace Coup is a totally fascinating look at the internal culture of the giant drug company, including the awkward end to the reign of CEO, Jeff Kindler, in December 2010. Kindler was given the above piece of advice by predecessor (and longtime champion), William Campbell Steere Jr.
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Photographer Joao Silva is so inspirational, already back in action after losing his legs in Afghanistan. This line: "Although Mr. Silva can walk, he still needs a cane, which he holds in his right hand. When he wants to shoot, he must transfer the cane to his left arm so he can pick up the camera" reads like a challenge. Can't a designer create a cane (or alternative support system) that Silva can use and yet retain the ability to photograph on the fly?
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My mind is buzzing! Telescoping monopod clamped to a walker would be a no-brainer, but if Mr. Silva doesn't need a walker it seems excessive and cumbersome. Pondering a two-handled cane with a monopod...

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If you grew up with Morph and Chaz, you will likely share my weakness for plasticine-based stop motion animation.
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